Exhibitions/ Art Object

Pair of gold earrings with a disk and Eros

ca. 300 B.C.
H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Albert M. Lythgoe, in memory of Arthur Sherburne Hardy, 1930
Accession Number:
30.116.1, .2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
The Erotes are mirror images. Each holds a jug in one hand and a phiale in the other. Flying Eros was a clever subject for objects that hang freely in space, and, by the late fourth century B.C. various manifestations of Eros became the most popular motif for women's earrings.
Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1966. "Greek, Roman, and Etruscan Jewelry." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 24(9): p. 278, fig. 17.

Williams, Dyfri and Jack Ogden. 1994. Greek Gold: Jewelry of the Classical World. no. 20, pp. 66-67, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Jackson, Monica. 2006. Hellenistic Gold Eros Jewellery: Technique, Style and Chronology, BAR International Series. pl. 8, 3, Oxford: Archaeopress.

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